Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room
Southern Recipes from the Winningest Woman in Barbecue
In Smokin' in the Boys' Room, Melissa shares the inspiring story of how she got into barbecue and worked her way to the top with grit and determination, even becoming known for smoking a whole hog like no one else—an uncommon feat in the barbecue world. She also shares tips and tricks for turning out great meals from the grill, from Slow-Smoked Competition Brisket, to Fire-Grilled Pork T-Bones with Hoe Cakes and Mississippi Caviar, and even Grilled Pineapple Upside Down Cake. And no true Southern cook would be without her Buttermilk Fried Chicken, BBQ Shrimp and Grits, and Red Beans and Rice.
The recipes cover the gamut, from sauces and seasoning blends, to pork and bacon, beef, poultry, and seafood, as well as a few sides and desserts to round out the meal. Some are traditional favorites wherever you may live, and others are true to Melissa's Delta roots. Many have won contests, and all are top-notch, having been honed to perfection in competitions or in the kitchens of Melissa's restaurants, Memphis Barbecue Company.
Whether you're a contest veteran or just getting started, there's something for everyone in Smokin' in the Boys' Room. As Melissa can tell you, anyone can learn to man the grill. To be really good at it, it just takes a little work and a little attitude.
About the Author
Melissa Cookston is a two-time Memphis in May Grand Champion (2010, 2012) and four-time World Hog Champion (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014), something no one else, especially female, has accomplished. The "winningest woman in barbecue," she is generally regarded as one of the best barbecue cooks in the country. She co-owns and is the pitmaster at Memphis Barbecue Company restaurants (2 locations across the Southeast), headquartered in Horn Lake, Mississippi. She is currently a judge on the Netflix show, American Barbecue Showdown, and was previously a judge on season four of Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters. She also has appeared on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, as well as Chopped, Last Call Food Brawl, the Today show, The Chew, Fox News, and on many other shows and in a variety of periodicals.
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